Release roundup: Cases, power, cooling, and all-in-one PCs


— 5:19 PM on September 29, 2011

This week's release roundup is a doozy. We've got news from Asus, Be quiet!, Cooler Master, NZXT, and Thermaltake.

  • Asus unveils a new series of innovative and powerful all-in-one PCs. Asus' new line of iMac rivals includes 21.5", 23.6", and 27" models, all with 1080p display resolutions, Sandy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 and external Serial ATA ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and VESA mounting holes. Asus even offers optional Blu-ray combo drives. The 23.6" ET2410 is available now for a starting price of $899, the company says, while the 21.5" ET2210 and 27" ET2700 will follow in October and November, respectively.

  • Be quiet! releases new Pure Power line L8. We don't hear about Be quiet! all that often on this side of the Atlantic, but the company's products look solid. The new Pure Power L8 family, which is made up of four models ranging from 430 to 730W, features 80 Plus Bronze certification, modular cabling, "up to four" PCI Express connectors, and noise levels that are purportedly "up to . . . 10 dB(A) quieter than similarly positioned models from the competition." Not too shabby.

  • Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler - A legend reborn. We've featured the Hyper 212 Plus in several of our system guides, and this looks to be its successor. Cooler Master says the Evo model has an "improved tower fin design, heat pipe layout, and upgraded fans and fan brackets that provide an even more extreme value for end-users of all types." The new cooler is a little dearer than its forebear, though. Cooler Master quotes a price of $34.99, but you can get the Hyper 212 Plus for around $26 right now.

  • CM Storm Trooper - the future of full towers. Cooler Master has a new case up its sleeve, as well. The Storm Trooper looks like a fairly voluminous mid-tower solution with perks like a carrying handle, a fan controller, a "rubberized" finish, a 2.5" hot-swapping drive dock at the top, USB 3.0 connectivity, and a pair of removable hard-dive cages, each with room for four hard drives and one 120-mm fan. Oddly enough, and despite the name, Cooler Master didn't go for a white paint job for this puppy. I suppose that's just as well—the grey-black finish doesn't look half bad.

  • NZXT announces Source 220 mid tower chassis. This new NZXT enclosure might be a little less ambitious than its Cooler Master colleague, but it has a nice, affordable asking price—only $54.99. The feature list looks rather well-furnished considering that figure. Users can expect 120-mm and 140-mm fans built in, room for a total of seven fans, a tool-less drive bay design, cable routing holes, a cut-out behind the CPU socket area, a bottom-mounted power supply emplacement, and a USB 3.0 port. NZXT also touts a brushed aluminum finish.

That NZXT case looks surprisingly slick for the price. If the build quality is up to snuff, I think we might have to consider the Source for the next system guide.

   
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